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“Nay, be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.” Henry David Thoreau

Haiku: Columbus Day - First Landing of Columbus on the Shores of the New World; painting by Dióscoro Puebla

Haiku: Columbus Day – First Landing of Columbus on the Shores of the New World; painting by Dióscoro Puebla

A discovery
What we know of Columbus…
Tyrant? Voyager?

History meets myth
A Columbus Day debate
We choose our poison


What do you know about Columbus Day?

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“What represented newness of freedom, hope, and opportunity for some was the occasion for oppression, degradation and genocide for others” National Council of Churches

Haiku: Columbus Day - First Landing of Columbus on the Shores of the New World; painting by Dióscoro Puebla

Haiku: Columbus Day – First Landing of Columbus on the Shores of the New World; painting by Dióscoro Puebla

By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination. Christopher Columbus

Are crimes against man civil?
Who discovers whom?

We can celebrate
Freedom, Hope, Equality
But …. Columbus Day?

Do you find that you learn new things from blogging? I do. Knowledge is a singular sensation


My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. Check out how others interpreted the theme –  Singular Sensation – below.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Singular Sensation If one experience or life change results from you writing your blog, what would you like it to be?

Positive Motivation Tip: Discover the facts behind the facts of holidays you celebrate…  Knowledge is a singular sensation

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos  First Landing of Columbus on the Shores of the New World; painting by Dióscoro Puebla via Wikipedia and/or from my Personal Collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

101 Comments leave one →
  1. Masshole Mommy permalink
    11/10/2015 4:56 pm

    While we don’t normally do anything on Columbus Day other than corn mazes and other fall stuff, I am thankful for him.

  2. patricemfoster permalink
    11/10/2015 4:22 pm

    I am not a great history buff what I know is Columbus Day is symbolic (new) of changes time to reflect and renew .

  3. Terri Ramsey Beavers permalink
    11/10/2015 4:46 pm

    The kids are excited to be out of school for Columbus Day. I’ve learned a LOT of new things blogging. I visit blogs daily to try to learn all I can.

  4. mummyburgess permalink
    11/10/2015 10:44 pm

    thats one of the main things I love about blogging!! All the new things you learn xxx

  5. Ann Bacciaglia permalink
    11/10/2015 8:54 pm

    I like learning the history behind our holidays. It was our Thanksgiving today.

  6. Stephanie Pass permalink
    11/10/2015 9:56 pm

    Yep, I do not get the glorification of Columbus for our country. He didn’t get here. He was a tyrant and an evil man, and he should not be celebrated in any way.

  7. Karlyn Flores permalink
    11/10/2015 11:16 pm

    Love the photos. and motivation for finding a new work here. I wish i could have a great opportunity.

  8. Eileen Mendoza Loya permalink
    12/10/2015 1:55 am

    Blogging has earned me new friends. It gave me confidence to believe in myself and that I can accomplish things I only wished for years ago. This alone is a singular sensation for me.

  9. Acadiana'sThriftyMom (@acadianathrifty) permalink
    12/10/2015 2:34 am

    This is perfect! It captures a little bit of what we all think of Columbus day. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  10. danavento permalink
    12/10/2015 5:36 am

    I am glad we celebrate columbus day it is important

  11. Nicole Haas Etolen permalink
    12/10/2015 4:58 am

    I never realize that there was a Columbus Day, now I wanna celebrate Columbus Day.

  12. 12/10/2015 9:22 am

    “What represented newness of freedom, hope, and opportunity for some was the occasion for oppression, degradation and genocide for others” This is a thought which occupies my mind quite frequently. Europeans roamed across the globe with magnificent self-glorious arrogance destroying a thousand subtle and a ancient cultures as they went, and all the time celebrating the fact that we were “Civilising” new worlds. We can see the benefits of those adventures in so much of the world’s current turmoil

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/10/2019 7:14 am

      Indeed and that is what crossed my mind and page. TY! 😉

  13. Claudette Esterine permalink
    12/10/2015 6:38 am

    No, I do not and will not celebrate Columbus Day. 🙁 I used to travel to the States from Jamaica for the shopping as the sales were great but that ‘s as far as I would go. While I admire the man’s tenacity and determination to see the world, the price of his adventure was kinda great for many. That’s my view.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/10/2019 7:15 am

      You are not alone… as we all get better educated.

  14. Jessica Beal Harlow permalink
    12/10/2015 6:42 am

    I do think it’s so important to learn about the holidays we celebrate. My kids were pretty unsure as to why we “celebrate” Christopher Columbus so it was a good way to talk about some US history and who Columbus was and what he did…the good, the bad, and the ugly.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/10/2019 7:14 am

      Great approach!

  15. 12/10/2015 12:20 pm

    It’s a strange thing to do isn’t it? sailing off across the seas, finding land and deciding its yours. It always makes me think on the 1895? punitive raids in Nigeria.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/10/2019 7:13 am

      My sentiments exactly!;)

  16. felixlgriffin permalink
    12/10/2015 10:41 am

    Great post.. Learning more about Christopher Columbus every year. Thanks for sharing.

  17. dirtandnoise permalink
    12/10/2015 10:46 am

    I really appreciate your Haiku. Makes you think.

  18. Fashionable Librarian permalink
    12/10/2015 11:19 am

    I have always looked at Columbus with distrust…lol….but maybe I can re-think

  19. umeandthekids permalink
    12/10/2015 12:11 pm

    I love this quote by Christopher Columbus ” By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination. Christopher Columbus”

  20. Jen permalink
    12/10/2015 6:40 pm

    You’re so good at coming up with these haiku! Reminds me of a friend who loves composing too. 🙂

  21. Nova permalink
    12/10/2015 7:15 pm

    It’s so nice to learn a history from some country about how they have such a meaningful occasion.

  22. Jojo Vito permalink
    13/10/2015 7:58 am

    Columbos and the spaniards played a very important role in the bring Christianity in the Philippines 🙂

  23. Papaleng Pagulong permalink
    13/10/2015 9:03 am

    good Haikus but it seems Columbus is portrayed as really not a good man.

  24. JessicaACassidy (@wifetoalineman) permalink
    13/10/2015 10:28 am

    It is a very important holiday to celebrate the very important person who discovered America.

  25. Chubskulit Rose permalink
    13/10/2015 3:36 pm

    What a great quote from Christopher Columbus. obstacles and distrations is part of life but it’s necessary to be able to prevail over it.

  26. thequietgrove permalink
    13/10/2015 3:58 pm

    Fun post. I love your first Haiku. Personally though I acknowledge that Christopher Columbus like us all was imperfect. However in reading his journal and letter to his sovereign I have to say that I believe he was led by God across the ocean, and was a good man. It is not right to hold someone accountable for the actions of those who came after him.

  27. Liz Mays permalink
    13/10/2015 6:02 pm

    Throughout school we were all encouraged to celebrate Columbus Day and Christopher as a person. I’d be happy to celebrate discovery but not the man and his deeds.

  28. Adriana Martin (@MrsALOMartin) permalink
    13/10/2015 7:30 pm

    Columbus day such an important day to celebrate La Raza and diversity

  29. Chanelle permalink
    13/10/2015 10:16 pm

    I enjoy exploring the creativity of other bloggers. It is as varied as our fingerprints. I find it fascinating.

  30. Giveaways4Mom (@Giveaways4Mom) permalink
    14/10/2015 12:29 am

    Thanks for this post i am learning a new things for blogging and it is very motivating for me.

  31. Manu Kalia permalink
    14/10/2015 5:36 am

    I am a huge fan of History. This reminds me on how Columbus conquer the world. The artwork is brilliant.

  32. Wood Arts Universe permalink
    14/10/2015 6:36 am

    Great info!!! History was my favorite subject.. loved reading about him

  33. Megs permalink
    14/10/2015 2:18 pm

    Very interesting. Being Canadian I had no idea that there was a difference of optinion on Columbus.

  34. Brianna George permalink
    14/10/2015 4:23 pm


    I love your tagline, ask believe receive. 🙂

    I enjoyed your Haiku and your sentiments in this post. 🙂

  35. kleebanks permalink
    14/10/2015 8:03 pm

    It’s sad that I never knew about the atrocities perpetrated on my ancestors (Native Americans) when Columbus and his crew arrived, until I was much older.

  36. Regina permalink
    14/10/2015 5:39 pm


    That’s my attempt at a Haiku. Different way to look a things for sure.

  37. Michele permalink
    14/10/2015 9:50 pm

    Oh I definitely learn new things when I blog–not every day but close to it. Some things make me happy, some not so much so and then there are those AH HA moments!

  38. Miss Millennia Mag (@MissMillMag) permalink
    15/10/2015 1:07 am

    Such great post on Columbus Day! I love reading your all motivational posts!! Keep it up!

  39. Take Two Tapas permalink
    15/10/2015 7:07 am

    Very inspiring. Sometimes we just celebrate holidays because they have already been in place without really knowing and understanding what we are celebrating…

  40. Tami permalink
    15/10/2015 7:21 am

    I have learned a lot from other bloggers. I do admit that I don’t know a while behind most holidays. I’d like to though.

  41. upliftingfam permalink
    15/10/2015 11:16 am

    I am thankful for Columbus day. Our country would have been discovered at some point but I think Columbus had the founding father’s and God’s plan in mind when he discovered America.

    • 15/10/2015 10:39 pm

      Christy, he didn’t discover America… You can’t discover what already exists with people and a vibrant culture.

  42. Mary La Fornara (@itsaboutpretty) permalink
    15/10/2015 9:00 am

    I learn so much from other bloggers! I love the passion and willingness to help others. I love Haiku’s, too!

  43. Nicole Keener permalink
    15/10/2015 12:51 pm

    I’m a big History buff! I hate that books always get it wrong because Columbus was not just the only one who found his way to this continent. Plus, I still think it is wrong what all the settlers did to the natives.

  44. Sasha permalink
    15/10/2015 4:06 pm

    Haiku – Very creative idea! Intriguing and deep… This post definitely has me thinking! I never really questioned why we celebrate Columbus Day.

  45. QueenThrifty permalink
    15/10/2015 6:03 pm

    Great post on a day of history and reflection

  46. The Binder Ladies (@thebinderladies) permalink
    15/10/2015 9:13 pm

    I love Thoreau, and love that quote at the top! Great Haiku, too….very thought provoking! Thank you!

  47. LifeAsAConvert permalink
    16/10/2015 7:31 pm

    Love these haikus. I got a giggle out of the last one 🙂

  48. Debbie Denny permalink
    17/10/2015 5:39 am

    Very good post and great to pause and think. Too may did come to the New World to explore, and in the end took land.

  49. Holly permalink
    21/10/2015 5:01 am

    I have done a lot of independent reading about Christopher Columbus, and I cannot appreciate the efforts of some towns enough for taking the opportunity to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. I would love to see it changed all across the country, but know it probably won’t be. We sure do like to be complicit in our ignorance as a society, don’t we?

    • 21/10/2015 11:16 am

      Indeed. Well said Holly! There are towns and cities that have changed the name and the rest might catch up in our lifetime. TY! <3

  50. Alexis permalink
    15/10/2019 4:32 am

    We’ve been studying early explorers, including Columbus this semester with my children. Although I learned it differently as a child, I always remind them that Columbus didn’t discover America so that this myth isn’t continued with my own children.

  51. itsahero permalink
    15/10/2019 5:34 am

    I refuse to acknowledge the tyranny. I will instead teach my children about the indigenous cultures that were here long before he “discovered” it.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/10/2019 7:00 am

      Yep, the sentiments of many as we get better educated about the history we all grew up digesting.

  52. Nate permalink
    15/10/2019 6:04 am

    By bringing Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we’re bringing awareness that we’re not going to allow someone like that to be glorified into a hero, because of the hurt that he caused to Indigenous people of America

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/10/2019 6:59 am

      Yep… spot on!

  53. Maureen permalink
    15/10/2019 12:57 pm

    What better way to celebrate Colombus day than with a historical flash back. Love!

  54. Cityrocka Perry permalink
    15/10/2019 2:31 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I am always open to hear or read about the views of others. Hope you enjoyed the day 🙂

  55. WritesandBlogs permalink
    15/10/2019 7:06 pm

    I am not an American but I have read about America and the history behind it just the way there are lots of history hidden behind my country India. There are a lot many which remains unknown and which people ignore. Very nice you have brought out that perspective and the awareness.

  56. MUDPIEFRIDAYS permalink
    15/10/2019 9:00 pm

    I really love history. And I’m gonna check this historical story right now! Thanks for sharing this story! I wanted to know about everything on Columbus <3 It's look really amazing.

  57. maartjevansandwijk permalink
    15/10/2019 10:23 pm

    Honestly? Don’t know a SINGLE thing about Columbus… Trying to get away with it as I don’t live in America but it’s pretty terrible…

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/10/2019 6:58 am

      At least you know that much…;)

  58. Twinspirational permalink
    15/10/2019 10:48 pm

    Great blog..! It’s so nice to know more about Colombus.. Great tribute, thanks for sharing..!

  59. Twinspirational permalink
    15/10/2019 10:48 pm

    27. Great blog..! It’s so nice to know more about Colombus.. Great tribute, thanks for sharing..!

  60. Pink Frenzy/Öku Möku (@Pink_Frenzy) permalink
    16/10/2019 12:33 am

    I didn’t know about Columbus day. Thank you for the information. I always learn something new from your blog posts x


  61. Razena permalink
    16/10/2019 2:05 am

    I didn’t know about Columbus day as an actual US holiday until a few years ago and all I could ask myself is, why? From what I understand he ‘discovered’ many islands in the Carribean, Central and South America but never actually made landfall in North America.

  62. fromjesstoyouservices permalink
    16/10/2019 4:36 am

    When I was younger I was big on Christopher Columbus and his day but as I know more and am a lot older …. I can definitely say if it wasn’t him it could have been someone else (whether that person would have been better or worse … who knows) … but I don’t think he should be praised as much as he is either. =0/

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/10/2019 6:57 am

      A lot of people feel that way now… The jury is still out. 🙂

  63. Jay Mih permalink
    16/10/2019 12:33 pm

    This post definitely has me thinking about America.

  64. TweenselMom (@TweenselMom) permalink
    16/10/2019 1:48 pm

    We don’t celebrate Columbus Day here but I think for every nation, celebration of freedom is something to uphold. Have a good day!

  65. Mhaan (@momyrockinstyle) permalink
    16/10/2019 3:58 pm

    As far as I remember, Columbus discovered the US. Correct me if I’m wrong. Nevertheless, very informative post. 🙂

  66. Nicz E permalink
    16/10/2019 7:03 pm

    Thanks for sharing such post. It’s so fun reading and waiting for all your upcoming blogs.

  67. risalopez permalink
    13/10/2021 5:22 pm

    Love reading it. Looking forward for your future posts.

  68. Harassedmom (@laurakim123) permalink
    13/10/2021 6:55 pm

    I didn’t even know it was Columbus Day! But to be fair I am not a huge fan of history.

  69. amalateesside permalink
    13/10/2021 9:47 pm

    Great read as usual. Thanks so much for sharing!

  70. Michele @ ourredonkulouslife permalink
    14/10/2021 10:15 am

    I will keep saying it… Columbus did NOT discover America! The history books might tell you that, but it is not true.

  71. crisshex88 permalink
    18/10/2021 3:56 am

    Criticizing Columbus is useless, it is a piece of history and whether it is positive or negative, it must be accepted. So what to say thank you for your article then!

  72. Leanne Wong permalink
    18/10/2021 11:20 am

    There is so much controversy surrounding Columbus. The one thing I know for sure is that his discovery of the Americas did not bode well for Native Americans.

  73. Heather Klein Wolf permalink
    18/10/2021 1:07 pm

    Love learning little tidbits like this. If nothing else Columbus was brave to search for new worlds.

  74. Stephanie permalink
    18/10/2021 3:21 pm

    We don’t even have Columbus Day off school here in Texas. Although we did when I lived in Florida. I’m not sure why.

  75. Ashley t permalink
    18/10/2021 6:27 pm

    We don’t celebrate Columbus Day in our household but this was a great read.

  76. Gervin Khan permalink
    19/10/2021 4:14 am

    Definitely having a great time reading this thing and it is a great feeling knowing things about Christopher Columbus. Thank you!

  77. briannemanz permalink
    19/10/2021 4:15 am

    I love the positive Motivation Tip here. Indeed we need to learn more about the holidays we celebrate.

  78. Alita pacio permalink
    19/10/2021 4:17 am

    I am a bit ashamed that I know little of Columbus day. I need to learn kore about this holiday

  79. A Nation of Moms permalink
    19/10/2021 5:36 am

    It is good to know about these issues. Times are changing and we should be aware of things like history.

  80. Nyxinked permalink
    19/10/2021 8:12 am

    Typical Irish here, and have to admit I know very little about Columbus or the discovery (invasion?) of America! Thanks for sharing this though! You’ve sparked my curiosity.

  81. risalopez permalink
    19/10/2021 6:45 pm

    I love this post. Thank you for sharing.

  82. Blair Villanueva permalink
    19/10/2021 8:08 pm

    I’m not familiar with Columbus Day, although during that era we have a similar group of voyager that arrived in the Philippines, headed by Ferdinand Magellan – a Portuguese voyager leading the Spanish group of colonizers.

  83. Elise Ho permalink
    19/10/2021 8:15 pm

    I grew up in an age in which we did celebrate Columbus Day. Even then I wondered why are we celebrating this. It just never really made sense to me.

  84. Kat permalink
    19/10/2021 8:48 pm

    I’ve heard about Columbus Day but never really knew anything about it. Turns out is a national holiday in many countries of the Americas and elsewhere, and a federal holiday in the United States, which officially celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas.

    Good to know! i learned something today 😀

  85. Fransic verso permalink
    20/10/2021 12:12 am

    This is interesting, the pictures and information are good for people want to learn about it.

  86. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    20/10/2021 2:20 am

    wonderful haiku! I enjoyed reading it

  87. Emily Fata permalink
    20/10/2021 7:23 am

    I hate the idea of celebrating Thanksgiving/Columbus Day… Instead, I celebrate the day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day (here in Canada).

  88. Erin permalink
    20/10/2021 2:57 pm

    What an awesome haiku! I’m not good at them.

  89. Rosey A permalink
    20/10/2021 10:57 pm

    Our school gives the day off but they call it something else. Things they are a-changing!

  90. aisasami permalink
    21/10/2021 1:00 pm

    I don’t celebrate Columbus Day since I moved to Japan about ten years ago. I don’t really celebrate it for Columbus because he didn’t really discover America. But, I think it is time to remember who really discover and helped nutured America.

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